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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:16 pm

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Anonymous User wrote:What are background checks like for the NYC offices to become an ADA? Somewhere between intern checks and the FBI intensive checks?


Curious about this...


IMHO the background check and application for character and fitness was tougher.

DA offices just have you go get fingerprinted and self disclose any convictions, provide employment history, etc. No drug test even.



I'd be surprised if the DA's office doesn't run your rap sheet to verify your convictions/arrests (or lack thereof). My office also interviewed my neighbors about me.


Did they speak with your neighbors before you started in the fall--i.e. during the summer? Also, did they ever notify you that the background check was complete or is it just a no news is good news type of situation?

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jun 17, 2018 4:22 pm

Sooo...anyone hear from the Bronx DA on paperwork?

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:46 pm

Anyone hear from Cook County yet?

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:24 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Sooo...anyone hear from the Bronx DA on paperwork?


Radio silence still on my end. You aren't alone...

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby encore1101 » Mon Jun 18, 2018 8:44 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
encore1101 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:What are background checks like for the NYC offices to become an ADA? Somewhere between intern checks and the FBI intensive checks?


Curious about this...


IMHO the background check and application for character and fitness was tougher.

DA offices just have you go get fingerprinted and self disclose any convictions, provide employment history, etc. No drug test even.



I'd be surprised if the DA's office doesn't run your rap sheet to verify your convictions/arrests (or lack thereof). My office also interviewed my neighbors about me.


Did they speak with your neighbors before you started in the fall--i.e. during the summer? Also, did they ever notify you that the background check was complete or is it just a no news is good news type of situation?


Yup. I don't remember exactly when, but I think it was even before the summer. I was told that the background check was completed when I was interviewed by the investigating detective, but I may have asked. Otherwise, it would be a no news is good news thing.

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:48 am

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Anonymous User wrote:Sooo...anyone hear from the Bronx DA on paperwork?


Radio silence still on my end. You aren't alone...


It's been a few years but from what i remember, I got the city application paperwork to fill out at the end of the school year (snail mail), had appointments to get fingerprinted/photographed/ hand in the paperwork during bar study, and went in to get information about insurance and pension stuff about a week before start date. Clearly they are slower this year.

Honestly, the best thing you could do right now is just focus on the bar. You do not want to have to re-take it during your first year, or at all.

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby bballbb02 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:15 pm

How important are the hypos...if you have about 3-4 hypos and don't give the exact answer they want for 1 or 2 but are not completely wrong and can support your answer and thought through it out loud are you donezo??

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:12 am

Has anyone heard back a rejection or offer from cook county yet? Or other information?

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby encore1101 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:20 am

bballbb02 wrote:How important are the hypos...if you have about 3-4 hypos and don't give the exact answer they want for 1 or 2 but are not completely wrong and can support your answer and thought through it out loud are you donezo??



For ethics questions, they generally want the correct answer, or at least in favor of "better safe than sorry."

For substantive (i.e. 4th amendment questions), you tend to have a bit more wiggle room. Not as important to get it right necessarily but be able to articulate and explain your reasoning.

Of course, if your answers were completely bonkers, then yeah, you're done-zo.

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby bballbb02 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:19 am

encore1101 wrote:
bballbb02 wrote:How important are the hypos...if you have about 3-4 hypos and don't give the exact answer they want for 1 or 2 but are not completely wrong and can support your answer and thought through it out loud are you donezo??



For ethics questions, they generally want the correct answer, or at least in favor of "better safe than sorry."

For substantive (i.e. 4th amendment questions), you tend to have a bit more wiggle room. Not as important to get it right necessarily but be able to articulate and explain your reasoning.

Of course, if your answers were completely bonkers, then yeah, you're done-zo.


some were just like a fact pattern with some interesting facts, and it was how would you charge--I think my sentencing numbers were probably a little high/too aggressive in charging someone..hopefully not the worst

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:01 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Has anyone heard back a rejection or offer from cook county yet? Or other information?


I have heard that the initial round of rejections have gone out, but I have not heard of anyone getting an offer yet. I don't think they've sent them out.

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby encore1101 » Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:54 pm

bballbb02 wrote:
encore1101 wrote:
bballbb02 wrote:How important are the hypos...if you have about 3-4 hypos and don't give the exact answer they want for 1 or 2 but are not completely wrong and can support your answer and thought through it out loud are you donezo??



For ethics questions, they generally want the correct answer, or at least in favor of "better safe than sorry."

For substantive (i.e. 4th amendment questions), you tend to have a bit more wiggle room. Not as important to get it right necessarily but be able to articulate and explain your reasoning.

Of course, if your answers were completely bonkers, then yeah, you're done-zo.


some were just like a fact pattern with some interesting facts, and it was how would you charge--I think my sentencing numbers were probably a little high/too aggressive in charging someone..hopefully not the worst



Questions that ask discretionary determinations (i.e. what sentencing range would you recommend) are designed to probe your overall fitness to be a prosecutor. Do you believe in charging someone with everything possible in order to induce them to plead guilty? Do you think every conviction deserves max sentence? If so, why? As long as your interviewer is able to accept a well-explained difference of opinion, then you shouldn't be out of the running.

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:40 am

Anyone know anything about Brooklyn ADA hiring? Applied way back when and never heard a response. Called to follow up, left a voicemail and no return.

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Re: District Attorney's Offices 2018

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:13 am

Anonymous User wrote:Anyone know anything about Brooklyn ADA hiring? Applied way back when and never heard a response. Called to follow up, left a voicemail and no return.


For the most part, Brooklyn is notoriously the slowest and most unresponsive of the nyc offices.



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